Latest changes
Dec 31, 1969
Windows Edition
System type
64-bit operating system; x64-based processor
Windows UAC
Always notify
Firewall protection
Custom - Provided by a third-party security vendor
Account privileges
Account type
Exposure to malware
No malware samples are downloaded
Real-time Malware protection
ESET internet security 10
Periodic scanners
EEK, Herdprotect, HitmanPro
Browser and Add-ons
Chrome, Mozilla and Vivaldi
uBlock origin, HTTPS everywhere
Privacy tools and VPN
uBlock origin
Password manager
Search engine
Maintenance tools
File Backup schedule
Backup schedule
No system backups


Level 21
Content Creator
Sandboxie is a good possible substitute for Avast's sandbox. I have myself had some interest in someday having Avast as an on-demand scanner, and apparently one can do that. It would let you run Avast's boot scan, for example.

Maybe that would interest mal1, but he also mentioned interest in the hardened mode.


Level 4
When you google Avast compatibility mode, most of the results date back to 2012, except for this thread from 2015 (which was started by our Cats-4_Owners-2:)) Avast compatibility mode and an Avast forum moderator said "avast doesn't have a compatibility mode. What exactly is it you mean ?" So I assume the compatibility mode was discontinued after 2012

I PMed Umbra who's in charge of "companion AVs" on MT 2 months ago, asking him to remove Avast compatibility mode from his list of companion AVs.:D

Anyway thank you guys, I think F-Secure Safe is worth a try:)


Level 21
Content Creator
Good discussion.

Avast did have one, during installation you could select it, in fact it runs Avast without the real-time AV.
When you say Avast did have one, are you confirming that they dropped their option to use as on-demand scanner in "compatibility mode"?

Did Avast's compatibility mode include anything realtime, for example web protection?


Level 21
Content Creator
I didn't see compatible mode either when I used Avast in 2013. In my case, though, there were so many modes and modules that I wasn't having an easy time keeping track of it all, so I could have missed it.